Cape of Rodon: infinitive view of the Adriatic, beautiful beaches, and the touch of history

Exactly in the middle, between the city of Shengjin and Durres, and around 50 kilometers from Tirana, an endless view spreads towards the Adriatic from a rocky cape where sand meets history and creates a stunning opportunity for relaxation, adventure, and the making of new memories.

The Cape of Rodon (alb. Kalaja e Rodonit), also known as the Cape of Skanderbeg, is a peninsula that lies between the bay of Rodon and Lalzi, where lush greenery harmonizes with the crystal blue Adriatic.

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Cape of Rodon. Photo: Sara Darcaj Unsplash

 

According to numerous legends and myths, the Cape of Rodon derived its name from the Illyrian god of the Sea, Redon. However, the precise transformation from Redon to Rodon remains unknown, probably shaped by the passage of centuries.

Redon was a prominent figure depicted on various objects, including coins dating from that era. Additionally, inscriptions in the Italian settlement of Santa Maria di Leuca also mentioned him. There is also a belief he was indeed the protector of the sailors who sailed through here.

 

Cape of Rodon, Castle of Rodon, Photo: Sali Jonuzi, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

By visiting the Cape of Rodon, besides enjoying the view, you will come across the Rodon Castle. Built by Albanian’s most important war hero Skanderbeg and the League of Lezhë right after the first siege of Kruja, its main purpose was to serve as the first line of defense against the Ottoman Empire from the sea.

Constructed around 1450, Rodon Castle at the end served as a refuge for Skanderbeg and his family. When the Ottomans arrived in 1467, they destroyed the castle, and it was reconstructed once again by the Republic of Venice. As time went on, sea erosion affected its construction.

Today, only the intact right-side walls and tower bear witness to its original grandeur. Its total length is around 400 meters.

 

Cape of Rodon, Castle of Rodon, Photo: Pasztilla aka Attila Terbócs, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

While strolling along the extensive sandy beaches and the main road of the peninsula, you’ll encounter the ruins of St. Anthony Church, once a significant place of worship in the medieval period. Adjacent to the church lies the burial place of Andrea II Muzaka, an Albanian nobleman from the Muzaka family, and his wife.

Unfortunately, like many other religious sites, the church was destroyed during the communist era but has been subsequently repaired. Additionally, remnants of bunkers from the communist era are scattered around the peninsula.

 

 

In recent years, the peninsula has transformed into a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking luxury. Several resorts on both sides of the coast offer stunning views of the Adriatic. Be sure to plan a visit and experience the blend of natural beauty and upscale accommodations.

Nearby the Cape of Rodon, you also must check out the Patok-Fushe Kuqe Nature Park.

 

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